Lawrie Sanchez hits out at Barnet after sacking
18:31 16 April 2012
The Bees replaced Sanchez with Martin Allen
Former Barnet boss Lawrie Sanchez has hit out at the club after they replaced him with Martin Allen today.
Allen had been in charge of the north London club last season but left the club for Notts County after only 19 days in the hot seat and the decision to replace him with the former Brentford boss has angered the former Northern Ireland manager.
“Following the termination of my contract by Barnet FC, I’d like to express my extreme disappointment at the lack of loyalty shown in me by the club,” read a statement released by Sanchez.
“It is the same lack of loyalty the club accused Martin Allen of showing when he walked out on Barnet towards the end of last season.
“When I took over from Martin, the club were three points adrift of safety with just four games of the season left and under serious threat of relegation to the Conference. However, thanks to a fantastic effort from the players, staff and myself, Barnet took seven points from those last four games and avoided relegation.
“Now, exactly a year since my appointment, the club are three points clear of the relegation zone with three games to go. I certainly felt that recent performances would see the club remain clear of the threat of relegation.
“Unfortunately, that confidence seems not to have been mirrored in the boardroom and I am disappointed the club have lost their nerve at such a vital stage of the season.”
The Bees are currently in 22nd place, three points clear of the relegation zone although have a significantly worse goal difference than Hereford and Macclesfield and the board felt they had to make the decision.
A statement released on Barnet’s official website, www.barnetfc.com, read: “Barnet FC would like to announce that a new manager has been appointed to take over the running of the first team until the end of the season.
“The manager, who will replace Lawrie Sanchez as of immediate effect, will be Martin Allen. He will take charge for the last three games of the 2011-12 season.”
Sanchez was appointed as Barnet manager in May last year but only won 15 of 53 games in all competitions.